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  • Actors: Elit Iscan
  • Directors: Reha Erdem
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: KINO INTERNATIONAL
  • DVD Release Date: July 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016K3988
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,060 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Winner of the Best Film and FIPRESCI prizes at the Istanbul International Film Festival, Reha Erdem s Times and Winds is a film bewitched by the rhythms of everyday life (The Village Voice) that packs a poetic-spiritual punch way beyond its placid surface (Variety). Laying bare forbidden yearnings, dawning sexuality, and oedipal rage, it tells the story of three pre-adolescent friends coming of age in a remote Turkish mountain village. Young teen Omer (Özkan Özen) contemplates the unthinkable as he bitterly struggles under the loveless emotional yoke of his scornful Muslim cleric father. Yakup (Ali Bey Kayali), Omer s best friend, obsesses over a beautiful schoolteacher. Yildiz (Elit Iscan) recoils from burgeoning womanhood, and from the sordid carnal realities she has grown too old to ignore. Blessed with painterly wide-screen visuals, Estonian composer Arvo Part s sublime music score, and phenomenally surefooted performances from an astonishingly adept young cast, Times and Winds contrasts a parochial society s unending chain of cruelty with the pagan natural world s eternal and sensual beauty. Wise in its depiction of the cycle of life, and unblinking in its exploration of fate s capricious malice and childhood s discontent, Times and Winds vision of people in thrall to religious ritual and living at the mercy of nature may be poetic, but it is no idyll (The New York Times).

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Belongs to the same school of primal humanism as SATYAJIT RAY AND KIAROSTAMI --Stephen Holden, THE NEW YORK TIMES

A GORGEOUS DREAMSCAPE OF A FILM... perfectly shot, lyrical vignettes --New York Magazine

Customer Reviews

Leaves things too vague for my taste.
danielle
The music alone makes this film a memorable journey for the soul.
David B. Stockton
This movie is very boring and I would not recommend it to anyone.
Mimi11

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Daniel B. Clendenin on April 14, 2009
Format: DVD
Writer and director Reha Erdem situates his film in a mountainous Turkish village to explore the rhythms of nature and multi-generational family strife. He tells the story from the perspective of three adolescent classmates. Omer hates his imam father; he dreams, prays, and plans how he might die. His best friend Yakup is infatuated with the school teacher and enraged when he catches his own father leering at her through a window. Yildiz slaves away like all the women in this movie, cooking, cleaning, and caring for her baby brother. All the themes of adolescent coming of age emerge here -- birth and death, sex and shame, guilt and longing, fear and confusion, oedipal love and male violence, nationalism and religion. The imperatives of nature surround everyone, with spectacular scenes of mountains and sea, wind and rain, a cloudy moon and a solar eclipse, animals mating, birthing, and being butchered. Erdem organizes the film around Islam's five calls to prayer, but in reverse order as if to accentuate the disorientation of adolescence: night, evening, afternoon, noon, and morning. In Turkish with English subtitles.
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BAS VAKIT (TIME AND WINDS) is less a narrative film than a suspended contemplation on the cycle of life, the passage of time, and the persistence of family traits. It is a work from Turkey of rare beauty visually, musically, and natural grandeur. Writer/director Reha Erdem is a poet as well as an accomplished filmmaker.

Three young children are approaching the torrents of adolescence, each carrying emotional scars and family histories that will forever alter the way they reach adulthood. Omer (Ozkan Ozen) is the son of the local imam who climbs the minaret five times a day to chant the call to prayer: Omer's younger, smarter brother is favored by the father and Omer copes with the loathing for his father by planning his death. Yakup (Ali Bey Kayali), Omer's closest friend, has a crush on his teacher (Selma Ergeç) but is deeply disillusioned when he spies on his own father (whom he has always defended against his grandfather's abuse) attempting to court his teacher. Yildiz (Elit Iscan) is a girl under-appreciated by her mother and is stunned to overhear her parents coupling. The three children attempt to engage in a normal childhood, reacting tot he beauty of the natural surroundings of their poor little village to the point of learning animal husbandry first hand! They befriend another young orphan Davut (Tarik Sonmez), the town shepherd, when he sustains physical abuse from his guardian. The sensitivity of the children's reflections of their parents' maladaptive behavior creates a bond that sustains their daily trials.

There is not a lot of narrative here, but the sensory pleasures of the film are immense.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Beronte on February 11, 2013
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This is a slow, beautiful film about several generations of families in a small Turkish village, but more generally, it is about the anger and hurt that is so often passed down from generation to generation, in a repeating cycle of cause and effect. My tag line for this film might be "One generation must end, before the next can truly begin to live". Don't watch it if you are in a hurry, or it will probably frustrate you. But if you have a couple hours to kill, with few expectations and can simply take it for what it is, your life might just be enriched just a little, which is more than you will get from most films. Highly Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By albrenner on May 30, 2013
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I can't recommend this for general viewing. It will leave the average fan of action or comdey movies cold. I particularly like movies that take me realistically to another time or place and this does it. It is a lovely evocation of life in a small Turkish village. The movie is simply the stuff of births and deaths and the day by day struggle ro survive. It concentrates on the adventures of one boy about to reach manhood. I found it to be delightful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pyat on November 30, 2013
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A film like this is very much like reading an astounding poem. It evokes a universe in a drop of water. Only the greats can do this. It brings to mind Bergman and Bunuel, of course, and more recently Reygadas and Zvyagintsev. If you have the mind for this sort of film, it easily becomes what you most hunt for. Having Arvo Part do the music sure didn't hurt. It helped make this one of those gems that reassures one that art is still being created. But you're not going to be on the bunny slope with this one. It's the black diamond and nobody's going to hold your hand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J.W. on August 16, 2013
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This film was interesting, but very confusing without cultural context. For example, why did the school teacher not wear a head scarf, but all of the other mature women of the village did? What was the reasoning for the one boy's hatred of his father? Was his attempt to push him off the cliff purely imaginary? Whose funeral do we see? Does the film jump around in time, or is it chronological? What does the girl hear behind the door? Sex? That was not clear other than the fact that she tells the other girl when they're watching the mating donkeys that their parents do it too. I could list many more. I think it would make a lot more sense if I knew who the target audience was for this film and the assumptions that they would make about this film.
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